Prince backs domestic expansion: Smaller teams will compete

Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince needs to see home cricket in South Africa broaden to 12 skilled provincial groups.

The speculation that this can water down the standard of cricket within the nation, Prince believes, just isn’t true. 

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has been considering a restructure for a number of years now, however the resolution was taken to stay with the six-team franchise format for 2020/21.

There are nonetheless adjustments, although, with the One Day Cup and 4-Day Franchise Sequence in 2020/21 seeing the six franchises break up into two teams of three. In each competitions, sides will play dwelling and away fixtures towards the opposite sides of their group and one-off fixtures towards the three sides within the different group. It implies that, within the 50-over and four-day competitions, every franchise will play a minimal of seven and a most of eight matches. 

It’s a cost-cutting measure from CSA as they plot the way in which ahead past 2020/21, however Prince believes the earlier the management settles on the provincial extension, the higher it is going to be for the sport.

“One other make-shift match with seven matches or two teams of three … I am not satisfied by that,” he advised media on Monday.

“I do know these choices are based mostly on funds.

“I do know individuals are towards opening it up and going again to the 12 provinces and I do know folks have their causes, however I’m a agency believer that that is the way in which to go.

“Around the globe, in England and in South Africa earlier than the franchise system, it really works.”

Prince pointed to the success of provinces like Boland, Griquas and Easterns within the late 1990s and early 2000s earlier than the franchise system was launched.

“You would possibly regard them as smaller groups, but when they will get an excellent squad of 15 collectively, then they are often aggressive,” he mentioned.

“With gamers taking part in extra recurrently, they will stake a declare for greater honours. I imagine there are far too many cricketers not taking part in recurrently in South Africa, so I’m a giant fan of opening it up and giving extra folks a possibility to play.

“Their progress could be a lot sooner taking part in than simply coming to coaching daily, as a result of the sport is the most effective trainer, not the coaches.”

– Compiled by Lloyd Burnard

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